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Parking fees fight at Calif. state beaches heat up

May 18, 2013 • Business


Two surfers carry their boards on the Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing new parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline or considering hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunbathers flocking to Southern California beaches are used to feeding the meter or paying a parking attendant. Not so along the less developed north coast where it’s customary to ditch cars on the shoulder of Highway 1 to surf, swim or picnic.

That sandy line that long defined the state’s disparate beach culture may soon fade.

In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline where none existed or considering hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods.

The need to raise money is facing resistance from state coastal regulators worried about eroding beach access and from environmentalists, who, while sympathetic to state parks’ plight, say it’s akin to monetizing the coast. And with beach season just weeks away, the issue is heating up.

Out of California’s 1,100 miles of beach, a third is controlled by the state Login to read more

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